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Don't believe what most of the Internet has to say about Vega 64. Sapphire knows what they're doing. At stock settings, this card typically performs somewhere in-between a GTX 1080/RTX 2070 and GTX 1080 Ti/RTX 2080, often coming closer to or outperforming the latter. This is arguably, if not objectively, the best Vega 64 graphics card that money can buy, to include the factory liquid-cooled variants. Sure, there is also the Nitro+ Limited Edition, but I'm almost convinced this "lesser" card is virtually the same in all but name.
From what I can tell, without disassembling the card, it appears to use the exact same cooler (vapor chamber and all), has the same fan shroud (minus RGB, which might just be disconnected, but there's still RGB lighting on the back-plate and side), and it's missing one of the three 8-pin PCIe connectors (which is unnecessary, anyway). I'm sure the LE versions are also binned a bit better and might have a slightly different BIOS configuration (the LE is advertised to run at 1611 MHz vs. 1580, but mine will boost well past 1611 MHz without adjusting anything). To further my suspicions, when using GPU-Z's "Lookup" feature, I'm directed to TechPowerUp's webpage for the Limited Edition. Either way, it doesn't really matter, because this Vega 64 is either second to none or second to one.
Sapphire should be given an award for creating what is probably the best graphics card air cooling solution in computer hardware history. It will rarely reach 70°C (usually hovering in the 50s and 60s, often with the fans off), even at 100% load in a case without the greatest amount of airflow. Considering Vega 64's 295 watt TDP (which, by the way, still makes it more efficient in terms of performance-per-watt than a GTX 980 Ti, so it's not that bad), it's quite an accomplishment to keep this card running so cool.
I have no regrets buying this Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 64, despite all the negative press Vega seems to get. Sure, Vega 56 is more efficient (it's actually just as efficient as some of Nvidia's Pascal cards - the GTX 1060, 1050 Ti, and 1050 - again, in terms of performance-per-watt) and it can perform almost within margin of error to a Vega 64, but if you want the "full-fat" Vega card, this is it. Speaking of Vega 56, there are two Nitro+ iterations and I'm sure they perform exceptionally well just like the Vega 64 cards.
If you've read this far and are still having doubts about Vega (both 56 and 64), you can't go wrong with any of the Sapphire Nitro+ cards and they even make a great "Pulse" series Vega 56. If you buy a reference card, don't expect the performance I speak of in this review; your results may end up more closely aligning with whatever all these tech reviewers are doing to their Vega cards to make them perform so poorly.
A beast of a GPU for just 400,00 bucks!